Posted by Pete DeMola on 10. Mar 2009
New to Beijing?
If you’re like us, after about a month of immersion into a new culture, it may be time to take a break from the local chow (we’ve had just about all of the gong bao ji ding we can stomach) and local nightlife specialties (those weekly all-night K-TV sessions with the classmates have really been doing a number on our eardrums) in order to experience the familiar comforts of home.
And for the locals—you’re probably looking for opportunities to get acquainted with all of those weird laowai who flood the city twice a year like clockwork. It may be useful to learn more about the cultures and lifestyles of these strange people, and perhaps, even become their buddies.
The best way for both groups to reach their goals is a week of cheap drinks, burgers, live music—and the rest of the often-irresponsible revelry that comes with being a student, including throwing small ping-pong balls into cups of beer and sitting through song after song of amateur singing, acoustic guitar strumming and bongo drum bonking.
This week, Lush and Pyro Pizza are offering seven consecutive days of events designed to take the sting off of total Chinese immersion—at least until sobriety rears it’s nasty head and it’s time to hit classroom the next day… or not.
Lush Rush Week is a bi-annual event that goes down at Wudaokou student magnets Lush and Pyro Pizza, purveyors of student-friendly environments since 2004 and 2007, respectively, with the former having amassed numerous awards along the way, including monopolizing The Beijinger’s Best Student Hangout award for four consecutive years.
This week’s notable events include an appearance by Beijing rock band Ziyo at Lush (Fri, Mar 13), the Beer Pong Challenge as part of Pyromania on Thurs, Mar 12, and the infamous 3-2-1 Party, which appears to be diabolically designed to give all participants acute liver failure with its 3 RMB shots of tequila, 2 RMB vodka shots and test tube shooters for a no-frills one kuai (Pyro, Sat, Mar 14).
We informally asked a few university students in Wudaokou if they plan on checking out the event: “For sure! There’s always some known faces no matter when I drop by [Lush], said Olaf, 24, a student at the Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU). “And I like the hot chicks, too,” he laughed.
“It’s a social club for thirsty students who loves burgers, like me,” added his classmate Geir, 23. “So I’ll try to make it out.”
As for the WeLiveInBeijing.com team, we’ll be there, too, throwing ping pong balls into very small cups, singing horrible renditions of 1980s pop songs and probably testing the boundaries of acceptable public behavior.
You can view the comprehensive schedule of events here.
2/F, Bldg 1, Huaqing Jiayuan
Basement, Bldg 12, Huaqing Jiayuan
Lush photo courtesy of Kent Løset.
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